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Solar powered reverse osmosis desalination for remote communities

Harrison, D., Mathew, K. and Ho, G. (1990) Solar powered reverse osmosis desalination for remote communities. In: Mansell, D.S., Stewart, D.F. and Walker B.W. (eds), Technology for Community Development in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific, 9 - 11 July, Alice Springs, NT, Australia pp. 60-65.

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Abstract

The Remote Area Developments Group of Murdoch University has been investigating the technology of Reverse Osmosis powered by photovoltaic panels. A small RO unit featuring energy recovery has been tested while connected to a solar panel. Compatibility of power supply and power demand has been achieved with the use of an inexpensive pump optimiser, eliminating the need for batteries or electronic controllers. Daily pumping durations have been extended dramatically by the use of a robust, maintenance free solar tracker .. The Group is developing a larger unit with the aim of producing up to 1000 L/ day of fresh water from two solar panels.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: University of Melbourne and Alice Springs College of TAFE
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/22647
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